London waste focus of Government consultation
London— Working more closely
with businesses and retailers in key sectors to reduce waste and
recover more resources from what’s left is just one of a
number of proposals being put forward in a major consultation
on the Government’s strategy for waste in England.
Minister for Local Environment
Quality Ben Bradshaw said that the Government’s current
strategy needed a broader approach and a change of emphasis, “We’ve
made some really positive progress since 2000: recycling and composting
of household waste has doubled, nearly 50% of packaging waste
is being recycled and less waste is being sent to landfill. We
need to also move towards a recycling culture, and one way to
help achieve this is to encourage recycling at work as well as
Proposed measures include:
•Greater focus on producing
less waste in the first place by developing a greater emphasis
on eco-design, increased engagement with businesses in waste
prevention, including more agreements with businesses to take
greater responsibility for their products at the end of their
from waste from businesses through new targets for a reduction
in the amount of commercial and industrial waste landfilled,
more help for small businesses to reduce and recycle their waste
and a more joined up approach in managing waste from different
sources, facilitated by local authorities and regional bodies.
•Simplifying the regulatory
regime and making it more proportionate through reforms to the
permitting and exemption systems, better guidance and communication
and targeted risk-based enforcement.
action to tackle waste crimes from flytipping to illegal exports
to prevent legitimate businesses from being undermined by free-riders.
•Developing a recycling
culture by shifting our thinking so that the recycling of resources
is part of our everyday activities whether at home, at work
or during leisure.
•Making proper use of
new investment to recover energy from waste as an alternative
to landfill but not at the expense of practical waste prevention
and recycling by seeing a more modest growth than original estimates.
Waste Strategy 2000 set a target for 67% recovery of waste by
2015 by recycling, composting, energy from waste (incineration,
pyrolysis and gasification) and digestion with at least 33%
composting and recycling.
The consultation paper and accompanying
Regulatory Impact Assessment and Environment Report are available